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RATINGS: 1272   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Bottle conditioned.
Old Numbskull is AleSmith’s first barley wine offering. You may find the name "Old Numbskull" curious. Barley wine has its origins in England and tradition is to begin the name with "Old": Old Nick, Old Sampson, Old Jock, etc. Tongue-in-cheek is often the spirit in naming a barley wine. After drinking a glass or two, you may agree that Old Numbskull feels like a fitting description. It also reminds us of the Three Stooges, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, so it’s meant to bring a smile even before the first taste. Exotic fruit aromas, along with clean ethanol, caramel, honey and toasty notes are present in the nose. At five months of age, the Numbskull flavor begins malty and the hops become more evident from the middle to the finish and linger nicely in the aftertaste. The aroma notes also show themselves in the flavor.

1999 - waxed cap
2000 - dated as such. Pictured at left
2002 - Silver foil with electric blue design and NO filling in the anvil spaces
2003 - Silver foil with electric blue design and blue filling in the anvil spaces
2004 - same as 2003 but with "Alesmith" below the logo in white lettering.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a off-white head. Sweet light roasted malty aroma, spicy and a sweet dry bitter spicy fruity taste. Medium to full body and a long bitter dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle courtesy of beerhandy in trade. Pours ruby amber in color with no head. Big malty caramel aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor is very sweet, malt, caramel, and molasses. Gave it a four in palate but might be a little thin for a BW.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Tap @ Alesmith. Amber/copper w good beige head and lace. Aroma is creamy medium roasted malt with bitter hops & alcohol. Flavor is big, med roasted malt w a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Into the full bodied range. Nice full bitterness. Alcohol was quite noticable. I felt this one was good but in need of some serious bottle ageing. Hope to try it that way sometime. I was recovering from the night before and it undoubtedly lowered my rate here.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Loweeel (6) - USA - MAR 18, 2005 does not count
Sweeter than most barleywines I’ve tried, but not overpoweringly so, though this bottle was refrigerator-aged for about 2 years, and was sampled courtesy of my friend who goes by the moniker "Angry Clam". Hops not really noticable until the back of the mouth through post-swallow exhalation. Very addictive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Big ups to qwak for this one. Beautiful nose - plum, fruit, tobacco, rich malt, flowers, cotton candy. Flavor is brown sugar, fruit, pine, cotton candy, strong bittering hops. Awsome alcohol/brown sugar/hop finish. Could use a bit more on the body

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Caramel and toffee, with a nice spice background that flows into a big hop character that makes you smile. Raisins and plums round out the malt character with a very nice finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Bottle. Poured a small ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-medium sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, and a copper hue. Malty, sweet, hoppy, some caramel, fruity, and some alcohol. Flavor was sweet, bitter, malty, hoppy. Hoppy lingering aftertaste. Tingly, dry mouthfeel. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3120) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2005
This starts out clear, deep brown with ruby goodness at the sides and becomes a murky, chunky brown at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is deeply malty, nutty, fruity, alcoholic and warm. The flavor is wonderfully rounded, rich, dark, fruity and not too sweet, not too much hoppy bitterness. I really liked this one. We fought over the dregs at the bottom of the bottle. I’m pretty sure Thanks go out to Secret Santa for this one!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Just about as good as it gets for me. Malty malty malty, with a tongue coating hop oil finish. Not too bitter, and packs a wonderful punch. I could live on this, and sometimes I do, living 15 minutes from the source.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
On tap @Toronado. Light brownish coloring with a ting of an ivory colored head. Aroma is sweet with fruits and hops very evident. The taste is very light, refreshingly light that is with toffee and caramel notes as well as some fruits such as raisins and prunes. There is a bit of a hoppy finish although I wouldn’t call it dry or bitter.


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